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All 22!

Here it comes – out of nowhere, the NFL decided to release the “all 22” video for every game. Clearly, the NFL read my petition a few months ago and decided it was time for action. As evidenced in the linked article, many insiders are deathly afraid that people will analyze the all 22 tape incorrectly, since accurate analysis requires knowledge of the play call (or a good guess) as well as keen observation and football acumen. The obvious response to this is, “In what sport do observers correctly analyze the proceedings?” There will always be errors in layman analysis. Meanwhile, releasing the all 22 will allow serious fans to actually see the entire game, which has tremendous value of its own.

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Ravens – Patriots notes

I skimmed through Aaron Schatz’s Football Outsiders preview of the Ravens – Patriots game today. As usual, he gives a lot of interesting numbers. Football Outsiders has better data than anyone else. Just like everyone in the world, Schatz picks the Patriots as the clear favorites in the end; I agree, though I think the Patriots’ edge is subtle. The Patriots have home field and finished second to the Packers in True Wins with 12, but the Ravens played a harder schedule (7.8 average True Wins for Ravens opponents versus 7.3 for the Patriots, including a game against the Vick-less Eagles).

I often find that stats-based previews list a lot of numbers that don’t mean much. Here’s an example from Schatz’s piece: Continue reading